Fremantle’s Lachie Schultz has requested a trade away from the Dockers in a surprise move on the opening day of the AFL Trade Period.
The 25-year-old small forward is under contract for next season but has reportedly request a trade to Collingwood, in what would be a boost to the Magpies’ depth after their premiership triumph.
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Perth’s Channel 7 footy reporter Ryan Daniels said: “Fair to say the news has blindsided @freodockers. “Would need to be a trade – Schultz is under contract for next year, and parties had been working on a 2-yr extension.
“Personal reasons behind interest in return to Victoria.”
Schulz kicked a career high 33 goals this season and is highly rated for his pressure inside forward 50 and ability to hit the scoreboard.
Port Adelaide 300-gamer Kane Cornes wrote: “He’s such a good player – a huge get. Freo sure know how to lose them.
“Schultz ranked 1 at Fremantle for scoreboard impact. It’s a giant loss for a team not bless with scoring options.”
The surprise trade request comes on the back of the news Fremantle’s Liam Henry is set to be traded to St Kilda.
Henry enjoyed a breakout season but is expected to join a long list of players to have departed the Dockers in recent seasons.
Players to have left Fremantle to join rival clubs include Blake Acres, Griffin Logue, Darcy Tucker, Rory Lobb, Lloyd Meek, Adam Cerra, Jesse Hogan, Brad Hill, Ed Langdon, Lachie Neale, Lachie Weller and Hayden Crozier.
Elsewhere on the first day of the AFL Trade Period, veteran North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein has joined Essendon and Adelaide defender Tom Doedee has joined the Brisbane Lions on a long-term deal — with the Crows to receive draft compensation.
Port Adelaide’s Xavier Duursma has also requested a trade to Essendon, as the Bombers look to recruit Goldstein, McKay and St Kilda’s Jade Gresham.